ProTeam Victor Campenaerts back in competition at Critérium du Dauphiné

Victor Campenaerts will resume racing, more than ten weeks after a heavy crash at the Bredene Koksijde Classic
Race 31 May 2023

Victor Campenaerts will resume racing, more than ten weeks after a heavy crash at the Bredene Koksijde Classic. In mid-March, the Belgian rider saw his Classics campaign go up in smoke as he faced a long rehab due to a fracture in a vertebra and the pubic bone. During a four-week altitude training camp in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, Campenaerts prepared for his return to competition, which will take place at the French WorldTour stage race Critérium du Dauphiné (4-11 June).

After a long period of recovery and training, Campenaerts is looking forward to pin on a race number again, although it will be with modest ambitions.

“Despite the severe injuries, the recovery process went quite smoothly but I realise that it was quite a long way back”, says Victor Campenaerts. “During a period of five weeks, I couldn’t do much. Being a pro cyclist, forced to stay in bed really is a tough challenge. Fortunately, I had lots of visits from teammates amongst others and I also read several books, that way time passed by a little faster.”

“In a next phase of the recovery, I was limited to some physio exercises and aqua jogging. That is completely different to for example the offseason, where you’re always staying active. To prepare the Critérium du Dauphiné, I chose for a stay of four weeks at Sierra Nevada. To do several endurance rides with my teammates already felt like a victory. At the moment, I feel quite good during training but my ambitions at the Dauphiné remain limited to getting the race rhythm back, helping my teammates and finishing the race in the best possible way.”

He missed a big part of the Classics campaign, but Campenaerts always followed Lotto Dstny’s strong performances in the spring Classics. “It was really motivating to follow the team’s races on tv. The team showed itself, obtained strong results and I hope to be a part of that in the next few months. With so many strong riders, it will already be a battle to make the selection.”

If everything goes to plan, the 31-year-old Belgian will again head to an altitude training camp mid-June, to be ready for his next races such as the Belgian road championship, Franco Belge, Sibiu Tour and Tour de Wallonie. “A participation at the Tour was never really an option. I will focus on other nice goals and building a competitive level. The ultimate dream is to win a one-day race or stage this year.”

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